Relief Printmaking: Innovative Approaches

In this variation of our introductory relief printmaking class, each student will conceptualize, hand print, and bind a complete artist book. This project-based approach will introduce all the foundational skills of relief printmaking, such as carving, inking, and printing a woodblock, as well as how to exploit positive and negative space in a block printed image. The flutter book format, a variation of an accordion-fold book, allows multiple pages to be unfolded and morph into many directions and contextual avenues. Each student will develop and execute a unique plan for his or her book project, taking into consideration image and text relationships, page imposition, and the basic principles of and materials for relief printmaking.